Boko Haram suicide attacks, last kicks of a dying horse – Buhari

Boko Haram militants [Photo:]

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that Boko Haram’s wicked methods of using innocent children for suicide bomb attacks on soft targets are “the last kicks of a dying horse’’.

The president said this at the commissioning of the Pulaaku Radio Station in Yola, Adamawa.

Mr. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, reiterated that Boko Haram had been degraded.

“Let me be clear, Boko Haram has been massively degraded and its surviving members put on the run.

“Instead of being hunters, they are now the hunted.

“In their desperation to stay relevant, they have resorted to the wicked and dastardly act of using innocent under-aged children to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

“What we are witnessing now are the last kicks of a dying horse.

“A dying horse manages to engage in some kicks. These kicks may be dangerous, but they don’t last long.

“Progressively, they become weaker and weaker until the horse finally gives up.’’

Mr. Buhari said that the war had moved to the next phase, which would be intelligence-driven.

In carrying out the second phase of the war, the president said he had approved the establishment of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri.

He said the centre which would gather and share intelligence among security agencies in the country would go a long way in ending the campaign of suicide bombing.

According to him, the commissioning of the radio station is, therefore, timely at the time it is needed to leverage information and communication to rev up the intelligence-driven phase of the war against terror.

The president called on the media, especially radio and television, to continue to play their part by offering their platforms to communicate useful information to the populace.

He said the government would also build on the nationwide campaign inaugurated in 2016, with the payoff line: “If you see something, say something’’.

“It simply means that we need everyone to be involved in getting the necessary information to tackle the terrorists.

“They are not ghosts, and some of them live among us.

“We must all, therefore, support our gallant troops, many of whom have made the supreme sacrifice in this war, by providing information that can help rid our communities of terrorists,’’ he said.

The president seized the opportunity of the event to again, condole with the government and people of Adamawa over recent cowardly and inhuman attacks by the terrorists in the state.



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    Buhari should tell that to the families of more than 100 Nigerians who were killed in the last week and hundreds whose villages were burnt in the last week .

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that Boko Haram’s wicked methods of using innocent children for suicide bomb attacks on soft targets are “the last kicks of a dying horse’’.

    President Buhari is sounding delusional. If this level of daily massacre is the last kicks of…, then the boko haram of previous years must be in comatose.

    Visit any town and village in the north and you would find (often very dirty) children everywhere — their parents are children breeders with no care for the welfare of the children. These kids, often don’t even attend schools and their parents are often extremely poor.

    How then could any Nigeria government defeat boko haram given the large pool of poor and illiterate young people in the north — availability for boko haram to recruit for decades to come? Boko haram will indeed be around for decades.

    • Otile

      You got it wrong. It is not about poverty. Boko Haram Muslims are not asking you for any Niger Delta oil money or knowledge, they want their Islamic Caliphate where they can worship Allah in unadulterated Islam. They hate the corruption going on in one Nigeria.

  • Bassey Frank


  • Nkem

    Mr. President, with all due respect sir, this Boko Haram has been dying for too long. By the time we enter 2018, BH would have been dying for 3 looooooooooong years. Besides, the current BH is the classic Boko Haram of old when the group was simply engaging in terrorist attacks aka suicide bombing. They only became an occupying force when Jonathan’s generals realized that in that free-for-all government you can use money meant for weapons to build mansions and buy shopping malls for girlfriends in Dubai. Now, BH have simply gone back to minding their original business which is detonating bombs in crowded places. This time it seems they are also killing solders at will. BTW, by using children to carry out attacks, the group is only taking advantage of the abundant resource readily available in their core operational base. Thank you sir.

    • Jon

      “Attack on Boko Haram is an attack on North” ….. Buhari

  • Olori Magege

    But Born state govt is building a museum on the grounds of BH founding leader. Hope Buhari will commission it

  • Olusola

    Boko-Haram is not dead mr President, it is alive and re-energised by folks directly under you. I do not know anywhere in the world a leader keeps those who worked against him as members of his kitchen cabinet. Boko is back just to deny you second term and it is been funded by those right in your presidency. Aisha Al-Hassan ought to have been fired immediately she said all that trash but Buhari has no balls. I didnt mention her name as sponsor of Boko-haram but to tell you how indecisive a PMB can be. If he is afraid of Aisha, how do you expect him to fire Daura, Idris, Malami, Danbazzau, Buratai, and Kyari. Making exact same mistakes he made in 1985. Tunde Idiagbon that would have made the coup impossible was bundled into Hajj Assignment by those planning to topple him and he still allowed him to go. Sack those I listed and save yourself of this daily embarrassments!